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By Harold Bloom

ISBN-10: 1604132752

ISBN-13: 9781604132755

The increase of modernism marked one of many significant transitional classes in modern literature. the yankee modernist poets created a wealthy legacy of their verse explorations of an international touched via conflict, swift industrialization, and the starting to be perceived alienation of the person. The innovators featured during this quantity contain Ezra Pound, e.e. cummings, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Carl Sandburg and their abiding affects. serious essays study those poets and their works, with a chronology, bibliography, index, and an introductory essay through grasp pupil Harold Bloom finishing the identify.

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Here the nightingale, perhaps by way of Keats’s erotic allusions, becomes an emblem of the female, while the male speaker, ravished by the silences of the emblem, becomes Hercules suicidally aflame with the shirt of Nessus. The poor male, “unnerved by the nightingale / and dazzled by the apple,” stumbles over the enterprise that is Adam’s experiment, marriage: its fiddlehead ferns, lotus flowers, opuntias, white dromedaries, its hippopotamus— nose and mouth combined in one magnificent hopper— its snake and the potent apple.

Most reductively defined, the American poetic difference ensues from a sense of acute isolation, both from an overwhelming space of natural reality and from an oppressive temporal conviction of belatedness, of having arrived after the event. The inevitable defense against nature is the Gnostic conviction that one is no part of the creation, that one’s freedom is invested in the primal abyss. Against belatedness, defense involves an immersion in allusiveness, hardly for its own sake but in order to reverse the priority of the cultural, preAmerican past.

If Baxter’s ecstasy (though not his eloquence) is qualified shrewdly by Moore’s contextualizations, Eden is nowhere near so scaled down by her as is Adam, whose male pomp is altogether undermined. ” 30 Harold Bloom Moore’s genius at her method allows her the joy of exemplifying her borrowings even as she employs them in a corrective polemic against male slanderings of women: “Treading chasms on the uncertain footing of a spear,” forgetting that there is in woman a quality of mind which as an instinctive manifestation is unsafe, he goes on speaking in a formal customary strain.

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